The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look at 5 things which can improve your health…
Track your weight
According to an article posted on the NHS website nearly three out of 10 women and four out of 10 men in England are overweight. Every year obesity causes around 9,000 early deaths and reduces a person’s life by around 9 years. Being overweight will link you to health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and respiratory problems. There are healthy guidelines for us to follow in terms of our height and weight as well as our BMI. Bringing you weight down should include a healthy balance between exercising and healthy eating.
Cut down on salt and fat
Too much salt and fat in our diets means we have a magnified risk of developing heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Excessive salt in your diet can cause high blood pressure and put you at three times more likely to have a stroke or develop heart disease. High fat diets also put you at increased risk of heart disease and stroke. According to the NHS two thirds of Britons have too much saturated fat in their diets. Improving your diet in this way will help you to lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of you developing associated health issues.
If you’re not getting sleep it can affect the relationships you have with the people around you, your performance at work, delay your recovery from illness and give you a rundown feeling that can affect your body and emotions. Healthy adults should be getting on average around 7-9 hours’ sleep per night. Implementing a good bedtime routine should help you get ready for sleep and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in terms of eating well and being active will also have a positive effect.
Give up smoking
Giving up smoking adds years to your life. The effects of quitting are immediate. Your blood pressure and pulse will return to normal and after 24 hours your lungs will start to clear. A few days later your breathing will improve and your energy levels will increase. Giving up before you are 30 has been shown to add 10 years to your life.
Losing weight isn’t just about losing weight. The benefits are still relevant even if you are slim. Exercise doesn’t have to mean slogging it out for hours on end at the gym. Even small amounts of physical activity can help to reduce your risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes. Exercise can be really fun and its best tailored to your environment and capabilities.
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